August 29, 2008

Back to school wishlist

It's about that time of year when every one's gearing up for back to school. Our needs haven't changed much from the usual requests.
But in case you're wondering what you can get for the library as you do your own back-to-school shopping, here's our list:
Please remember, NO broken toys, NO big toys (no room in crowded homes), NO toys or games that require knowledge of English, and NO toys that need batteries (no money to replace them).

--prizes (small toys) and school supplies for kids who take part in our regular after school reading activities. Below are some suggested items, but if you have kids they can probably clue you in even better than we can as to what's desired these days.

--We are usually short on gifts/toys for older kids (age 10-14). Ball caps, sunglasses, backpacks, geometry sets (like with triangles, a protractor and compass for drawing circles), solar calculators, cool notebooks, balls (soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball) and kites.

--For younger kids, both boys and girls like the car sets, stuffed animals (does not matter what kind), jewelry sets, bracelet/necklace/bead making kits, hair accessories kits and sets, any kind of art kit (paint by number/velvet/water-color), dolls, doll clothing, anything Dora the Explorer or Diego the Animal rescuer, kites, soccer balls, pog sets, airplanes, toy car kits, simple puzzles (jigsaw) coloring books, punchy balloon things, any kind of tote bag or backpack

--puzzles for younger kids (100 pieces or less) and board games in Spanish (locals and visitors alike enjoy using these items, especially on rainy days! )
We have quite a few 500 piece puzzles, but these are too challenging for the kids. Puzzles with larger pieces, and especially floor puzzles are well-liked.

As always, we still need the following items:

--3 CPUs/computers (used is fine, as long as it can run Windows XP)

--gently used clothing for children and teens

--volunteers for improvement projects: painting, repairs, gardening, etc.

what we don't need:
--We have plenty of pencils, pens, markers, crayons to last into the school year

1. Tell a friend. Perhaps you can forward this information to a friend or family member who may consider making a donation.

2. Post a photo. Did you take a photo of the library during your last vacation? Post it on a message board and/or e-mail it to us to put on our blog, we love sharing the inspiring stories of friendships people have made at Hekab Be.

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